Saturday, August 29, 2009

Analyzing Psycho, Part Deux

Deux, as in, duhhhhhhhh...

Man, so maybe some of you remember how I had this need to be all um, what, what was it...oh yeah! Um, no wait...darn! I seriously can't remember hold on...

PRODUCTIVE! There! Whew! I was losing it right here writing this post! Amazing.

So yeah, done with my studies, passed my interpreting test, and now it's time for the big ol' 3rd year of school for my son, 1st for my daughter, and the daunting task of homeschooling that is up to par with public school standards, yet making it fun and tailored to my kids' interests and learning styles. Yeah yeah, I have been chompin' at the bit to start being all organized and stuff.

But friends, I cannot even make myself get up at a decent hour! I mean, the alarm goes off and my desire to get up is like, there, but when you're just trying to get up for the sake of it, it's hard. I definitely perform better under pressure or necessity.

So that is why it is a good thing that summer is over come Monday. Labor Day rest for us! We start school! I am mean that way, plus I like starting things on a Monday, like diets, working out, getting up early, etc. Come Monday I want to be up no later than 7:30, have the kids up and ready to start school at 9, and have alllllllllllllllll my chores, their schooling, working out and domestic stuff done by 3pm so I can sit, take a breather, and then make dinner, THEN do all those extra-curricular activities, come home and spend time together as a family, then put the kids to bed at 8:30pm so hubby and I can have alone time 'til about 12:30am, at which time I crash into bed to be alert for the next day.

I just put some chicken in the oven.

So anyway, there are a bazillion subjects and things the kids have to learn this year, so I researched and read reviews and compared curriculum and read state requirements (or lack thereof) and did little assessments and perused websites and read other blogs and checked Amazon and ordered stuff and signed the kids up for extra-curricular activities and freaked out and worried and wondered and plotted and planned and and and...then I decided I needed a schedule.

I have never really used a schedule, I tried once and it didn't stick. I think I probably pack it too full, and I say that because when I finished writing up this year's schedule, I sincerely felt as if my brain changed molecular structure, from like, a normal pudding consistency to more of a chunky, yet watery consistency that was dripping out of every orifice in my head. I think I started mumbling, and I DEFINITELY forgot what day it was and believed I had discovered another time continuum. But, with everything we need to accomplish, I just don't know how else to do it...look, here's Mondays, what do you think?

7:00am - 8:30am: Wake up, (alone time!) drink coffee, read news/bible study, blog FB stuff

8:30am-9am: Wake up kids, eat breakfast

9am-12pm: School, which includes an art project, BrainPOP lesson on-line, reading, math, and a science experiment

12pm-1pm: Lunch

1:30pm-2:30pm: I get to work out!

2:30pm-3:00pm: Awana book and memorization with the kids

3:00pm-5:00pm: Rest, maybe go outside and play, do chores in the house, pay bills, make dinner

5:00pm: Dinner ready and eat!

5:30pm: Jacob goes to soccer w/ dad
6:00pm: I take Audrey to tennis

7:00pm: Home for family time!

8:00-8:30: Showers and kids in bed!

8:30-12:30: Me and hubby time

12:30: Crash into bed

The other days are very similar, with variances in school subjects, extra-curricular activities and slight time changes, and that doesn't even include all the weekend activities...but...

I feel so compartmentalized! So regimented! So um, CRAZY! Part of me thinks this isn't even possible, another part is like, relieved that I at least have a guide so I am not swimming in a sea of obligations, responsibilities and unobtainable goals!

OK the BBQ sauce would not come out of the bottle as quickly as I wanted to baste the chicken in a timely manner. That makes me angry.

I have never been one to embrace the whole, "soccer mom" persona, running this way and that and always being "soooooo busy". I am much more the, "embrace my couch and coffee mug" mom.

I am even going to run a 5k in late September. What???

So you all know how these blog posts go, I ramble and freak and wonder and type waaaaay too much while ignoring commas and I have no exciting visuals or even witty one-liners, but, this is the junk in my head and you are all privy to it at this moment in time. Aren't you all feeling special right about now!

So, if you took the time to read this rambling post, let me know how your schedule is going! I have some people in my life that are ready to host an intervention for me, but, I am actually excited about all the things we get to do and try and watching my kids learn and grow and change and to be the one guiding all of that. Do you think it's all possible? Shoot !!! I forgot to add "plucking eyebrows" to my schedule. Sure don't want them to grow together, again...


Audrey said...

I now know why my children go to public school! There would just not be enough alone time for me, plus none of us are very patient, would hate each other by the end of the first day.
One of my cousins homeschools her children. They start at 7am and are finished by lunch. They do get a break in the middle some where.
We start school on the 9th. I am on the school bus at 7:50am and home again some time after 9am (depending what I'm doing in town: ie - errands, coffee, shopping). On the bus again at 2:50pm and home at 4:15pm. During the day I clean, do laundry, bake, cook, play on the computer etc. I love to be home alone.
Stick to your schedule - not my favorite thing to do either - but things do seem to go smoothly when I do.

Insanitykim said...

I hear ya Audrey,

In this new schedule I made sure I had that hour in the morning to myself, and I do go work out for an hour three times a week with a friend, and Wed mornings are spent at a women's bible study, plus the 4 hours at night I get with my hubby. I don't know if I will continue homeschooling once we go back home and I start working again, at least not the way I do here, where there is NO support. But, I have to say I love teaching them, even when it's hard! Thanks for the encouragement!!

w said...

well well well. i see there's no time for me. what am i? road kill? VARmin?

if you want to truly feel compartMAYERentalizED, i keep telling you, try toe socks.

i need to potty. please pray for me.

Insanitykim said...

Wow w, those were really good!

You know I can't fully disclose my guilty pleasures and the time I steal away for them...there are some things other people just wouldn't understand. In light of those realities, people might AX my blog from their following list, I would be deVARstaED...but then I would just have more time for sfs and scrab and abusing caps and quizzes...hmm, mayerbe that's a good idea after all...

don't lock the bathroom door, just in case...

TheClayMuse said...

good luck keeping to teh schedule, I can never seem to do it myself!

Jennifer said...

I like to start things on Mondays too. That's why I'm eating a bag of peanut M&Ms right now, come midnight, I'll have to stop. ;-)

I think it's excellent that you're going to home school! I want to... but I'll have to figure out just exactly what goes into it before I go shouting it from the roof tops. All the research you were saying you had to do made my head all wobbly. But then again, I have four years. I think I'll just eat some more peanut M&Ms in the meantime...

Kearsie said...

My day goes as follows:

7:00 am- wake up, get kids up, get ready for work
7:30 am - get kids to school
8:00 am - get to work
8:00 am - 12:00 pm - Work, blog, read blogs, fb, twitter, work, blog, read blogs, rinse and repeat.
noon - 1:00 pm - lunch. Sometimes read or knit. Sometimes watch The Office on Hulu. Sometimes chat.
1:00 - 5:00 pm - same as 8:00 - 12:00.
5:00 pm - leave work to pick up kids. Go home
5:30 pm - get home, start supper, check over kids homework
6:30 pm - eat dinner
7:30 pm - Hubs comes home from work. Feed him coldish supper/ get kids in shower
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Hubs spends time with kids, they get ready for bed.
8:30 - 9:30 pm - Spank kids b/c they won't quit talking/laughing/making jokes about poop, etc.
9:30 - 11:00 pm - Watch 24 with Hubs to fill time until LOST comes back on. I knit during this.
11:00 - 12:00 - I read then go to sleep.

I'm tired now.

The Retired One said...

Wow. You are one busy mama. I got tired just reading this. But I admire you so much.
When I was younger and going back to college, in the height of my career with my girls still home, I was that hectic, and always found the energy to do it. You just rise to the occasion, somehow. You will do it and love it and think back on it saying: "How on earth did I find the energy?" That is what is so great about life.

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